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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


There’s just something about a white horse that draws attention even if  it is not the best race horse on the track that day. It’s really  hard to resist staring at one when  it’s a white tail and white mane are flowing in the wind. 

At Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, February 28 an almost pure white pacer by the name of Four Star Tommy had the racing fans eyes focused plainly on him and he didn’t let them down. In the deep stretch he sauntered by the pace-setter and reached the finish line first.

Besides being pretty, the nearly white pacer, Four Star Tommy(#1)  and driver Jimmy Taggart Jr., score their fourth seasonal victory (Geri Schwarz Photo)
True, Four Star Tommy is no longer the high caliber pacer he was but still he knows how to ‘pick’em up a put’em down’.  A lifetime winner of nearly $300,000 with a career mark of 1:52.3,  his victory on Tuesday was the pacer’s fourth  in six seasonal starts.

Trained by Vernon James and driven to success by Jimmy Taggart, Jr., Four Star Tommy shadowed the pace-setter DM Sundance (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) until the top of the stretch and then when Taggart moved him to the outside to challenge he wore down the leader and scored a one-length triumph in a very credible  time of 1:57.2.

“He (Four Star Tommy) is really a very pretty horse and when I’m driving him I feel that all eyes are on us,” Taggart said after the race. “He still has a big motor but of course he’s not the same as he was  when he was younger. Still he’s a pleasure to drive and the old guy gives his best every time. “   

The  9 year old Jate Lobell gelding is owned by  Ruth Ingram of Bloomsburg, Pa.  and Clint Crellin, from nearby Port Jervis, NY. Sent off as second choice in the race Four Star Tommy paid  $6.00 for win.